Shaking her head, Abigail Chou watched at midday on Thursday as tourists equipped with binoculars and telephoto lenses tried to catch a glimpse of Chinese military maneuvers off Taiwan’s coast. “Very strange,” the 32-year-old thinks. “People should know that they can’t see anything from here.” Nowhere can you get closer to Chinese maneuvers than here at the southwestern tip of the small island of Hsiao-Liu-Chiu (小琉球), a popular destination off the coast of the port city of Kaohsiung. From here, it is only 9.5 kilometers to the Chinese-designated restricted military zone.
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